Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5 (Reviewed), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Gene(s): Action, Adventure
Destiny 2 is the multiplayer first-person shooter from Bungie, the follow up too much-lauded Destiny. Beyond Light is the latest expansion pack in the series.
Destiny 2 is a superb first-person shooter, the game mechanics, shooting and platform elements are slick. It feels and plays very smoothly. It’s one of my favourite shooters, it has a mix of a good campaign mode with an immersive online mode. The Beyond Light expansion takes place on a series of new planets that you play through the campaign online modes. The levels and worlds have superb textures and maps. It is slick from the first moment. Destiny integrates the world and multiplayer seamlessly. The maps act as both places to engage in multiplayer activities and online sessions too, it’s one hud for all. The action and sci-fi elements are superb, there is a huge range of guns, maps and online events. It makes great use of the next-gen consoles to give an amazing view of these imaginary worlds. Aliens and monsters are well rendered and detailed. The combination of rich level design, simple game mechanics and a fun shooter make this a joy to play. There is nothing groundbreaking, it’s more refinement on the existing. I think expectations need to be set, that is just further improvements on Destiny 2 and not a remake.
There are downsides to the game though, there is a grind to unlock other worlds by repeating the same events over and over again. The campaign is solid but is short. I’m a huge fan of the campaign modes in first-person shooters and a richer, longer story is always more enjoyable. The story, voice acting is done well and the game flows well.
Beyond Light expansion: Xbox Series X and PS5 support 4K 60 FPS gameplay while the Xbox Series S supports 1080p at 60 FPS. The PVP mode allows for 120 FPS on the newer consoles. Cross-play is available in each console family. This does bring a sense of next-gen performance and gaming to the new consoles. It looks fantastic and I had a consistent frame per second while playing. This is a pretty big deal that effectively widens your range of vision and it’s never been offered in Destiny 2 on consoles before.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light breathes more life into a fantastic shooter, the next-gen consoles provide an excellent platform and provide solid performance while playing. The campaign is short and I found myself wanting more though. Mechanics are simple, the learning curve is fairly low and there is a ton of customisations available in the game too. It’s one for the shooter fans.